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Pony Blues is one of the themes you can hear in many variations. Some classic versions are Charley Patton's "Pony Blues" and "Stone Poney Blues", Tommy Johnson's "Bye Bye Blues", and not to forget Willie Brown's "M&O Blues". The pony that is probably best know today is Big Bill Broonzy's "Hey, Hey", made popular recently by Eric Clapton's recording of the song on his Unplugged album.

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If you, as me, like Big Bill Broonzy's "Hey, Hey", there are at least two sources. The first, and in my opinion the best, is to turn to the original. The song is transcribed and analyzed in Woody Mann's book/CD set on Big Bill Broonzy's.

The other option is of course to get the transcriptions of all the songs on Eric Clapton's Unplugged album.

For other versions of this and more classic blues, I recommend:

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The New Transcriptions
29 Songs From The Legendary Bluesman. A must-have for all blues guitarists, this exciting publication is the most complete Robert Johnson collection ever!
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Robert Johnson, Mythmaking and Contemporary American Culture
Suddenly Robert Johnson is everywhere. Though the Mississippi bluesman died young and recorded only twenty-nine songs, the legacy, legend, and lore surrounding him continue to grow. Focusing on these developments, Patricia R. Schroeder's "Robert Johnson, Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture" breaks new ground in Johnson scholarship, going beyond simple or speculative biography to explore him in his larger role as a contemporary cultural icon.
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Robert Johnson - Easy Guitar Collection
20 of Johnson's legendary blues classics arranged for easy guitar in standard notation and tablature
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The Guitar of Robert Johnson
Here, Woody Mann has carefully prepared this three CD series to describe and illustrate many of Robert Johnson!s amazing guitar techniques and musical ideas.
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Bottleneck Blues Guitar
Contains over 25 accurate transcriptions of authentic bottleneck blues tunes by such masters as Son House, Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton and many more.
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Delta Blues Guitar Duets
In this unique lesson, Bob Brozman and Woody Mann describe and teach in detail duet arrangements in the styles of the great Delta blues guitarists: Charley Patton, Robert Johnson , Willie Brown, Tommy Johnson and Son House. Techniques and ideas forcreating a cohesive guitar part that compliments, rather than competes or conflicts, are discussed. Each part is taught separately and presented in tablature and music notation. Woody and Bob also present effective techniques for improving improvisation skills while jamming with other musicians.
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The Search For Robert Johnson
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Rory Block Teaches the Guitar of Robert Johnson
On this jam-packed DVD lesson, the award-winning contemporary blues singer and guitarist Rory Block completely demystifies the licks, runs, strums, bass lines, turnarounds and other important guitar elements that combine to make up the unique Robert Johnson sound.
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